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Scottish Ghosts

Updated on June 10, 2013
Cragievar Castle
Cragievar Castle | Source

Scotland's ghosts

Scotland has a rich and scary tradition of stories relating to the supernatural.

Many of the hauntings have a long history dating back over 700 years and more. From castles to dungeons, houses to underground vaults, pubs to lonely streets, it would seem that no place in Scotland is safe from ghostly inhabitants.

Let's start with Edinburgh, reputedly one of the most haunted cities in Europe, and its ancient castle.

Edinburgh Castle during the military tattoo - its not known if the many ghosts also enjoy this annual spectacle?
Edinburgh Castle during the military tattoo - its not known if the many ghosts also enjoy this annual spectacle? | Source
Glamis castle has many ghosts and scary legends.
Glamis castle has many ghosts and scary legends. | Source
The haunting and very 'haunted' Culzean Castle in Scotland
The haunting and very 'haunted' Culzean Castle in Scotland | Source
Stirling Castle has hundreds of years of history, legends and ghosts!
Stirling Castle has hundreds of years of history, legends and ghosts! | Source

The Castles

There are numerous haunted castles in the UK and other parts of Europe. A few of these ghostly locations are found in Scotland.

Edinburgh Castle - Lothian - Central Scotland.

The castle stands on top of an ancient volcano in the centre of the capital city Edinburgh. The castle is over 800 years old but the 'rock' has been used as a defensive site since pre-historic times. The most enduring ghost is that of a headless drummer boy - although he tends to be heard more than seen. He is said to play his drum more so when the castle is in danger of attack. His ghostly drumming was first reported in 1650 prior to Cromwell's assault on the fortress. Sadly no one knows the identity of the boy or why he chooses to return to warn the living.

In addition, a lonely piper can be heard playing on the windswept battlements. He is thought to be the spirit of a piper lost in the maze of tunnels under the castle. There have been many reports by workers and visitors claiming to have heard his music when living pipers were not present.

Apart from the spirits named above, Edinburgh Castle also has many reports of shadow figures, orbs, mysterious mists, moving objects, cold spots and ghostly footsteps. There is also a poltergeist in one of the dungeons that is thought to be the spirit of a poor soul tortured while being held prisoner.

Glamis Castle (pronounced glams) - Angus - East Coast.

This beautiful structure has the dubious reputation of being one of the most haunted castles in Scotland. It has a fairytale-like appearance that lures you into a sense of false security.

One of the saddest ghosts is that of the beautiful Janet Douglas, the Lady Glamis. When her husband died King James V, who had been in feud with the family, accused her of witchcraft and had her burned at the stake in 1537. Her sad ghost has been seen frequently kneeling in prayer in the castle chapel.

The opposite of the calm and beautiful Lady Glamis is another ghost 'Earl Beardie'. This huge man was the Earl of Crawford and legend says that he haunts a secret room in the castle where he lost his soul to the devil in a card game. Children in particular have reported seeing this evil man leaning over them as they lay in bed. The secret room is also famous for another reason. Legend states that it hides a terrible secret, some stories say it is a monster locked behind the door. The tradition of the castle was to pass the 'secret' on to every heir on reaching their 21st birthday. Many believe this legend arose due to the malformed infant of one of the Earls. The child was locked up in a room and although cared for was never allowed out.

Craigievar Castle - Aberdeenshire - North East Scotland

First owned by the Mortimers' and later the Forbes' who completed the castle in 1626, it's now looked after by the National Trust for Scotland. The main ghost is a member of the Gordon family who fell in love with one of the Forbes' ladies. He was murdered by being forced out of a high window at sword point by Sir John Forbes. His ghost is seen around the castle, perhaps looking for his lost love or is he looking for revenge? Another ghost at the castle is only ever seen by members of the Forbes family. This ghost constantly plays the fiddle but whether the phantom fiddler's aim is to serenade the family or annoy them no one can say.

Culzean (pronounced kul-layn)Castle - Ayrshire - West Coast

The beautiful castle designed by Robert Adam in the 18th century stands on the site of much older buildings. One of the earlier parts of the building was built by Sir Thomas Kennedy who was murdered on the beach next to the castle in 1602. Some speculate that it is Sir Thomas's ghost that can be seen roaming the beach and grounds.

Culzean is another castle that has a piper as a resident spectre. Stories relate how the piper only appears when one of the Kennedy family are about to be married and he also plays on stormy nights. In this case the music of his pipes are heard faintly through the howling wind and crashing of the waves. There is also a legend of a knight of old who stalks the castle. He was murdered by a lady who was being held captive by him. She waited until she had soothed him to sleep and then stabbed him to death with his own dirk (knife).

Balcomie Castle - Kingdom of Fife - East Coast

The castle was built in the 1550's and has had many famous visitors. These incude Mary de Guise who stayed in the castle prior to her wedding with King James V. Mary and James were the parents of Mary Queen of Scots. The main ghost at Balcomie is not however royalty but a young man who was horrifically starved to death in one of the dungeons. His crime? According to the legend he refused to stop whistling.

Fernie Castle - Kingdom of Fife - East Coast

The castle was originally owned by the MacDuffs' before it passed into the hands of the Fernie family in the 15th century. Although today it's a hotel, the ghostly inhabitant is an echo from the past. She is called the 'green lady' and it is believed she fell to her death from one of the top storey windows. According to witnesses this ghost is harmless but she frequently interferes with TV's, lighting and any other electrical appliances that she finds interesting.

Stirling Castle - Stirlingshire - Central Scotland

Like Edinburgh, beautiful Stirling Castle sits on top of an extinct volcano. It is one of the most important strategic sites in Scotland, standing guard between the Lowlands and Highlands.The oldest parts of the building date from about the 14th century. However, the rock has been a defensive site and seat for royalty since the 7th century.

One of the most reported ghost sightings at Stirling is that of a beautiful woman in a pink gown. Many people believe that the apparition is that of Mary, Queen of Scots. However, the colour pink is not a colour Mary wore nor any other lady of her period. The other explanation is that the ghost is that of a much later female who is believed to be still searching for her lost husband.

Staying with the theme of Mary, Queen of Scots another spirit at the castle, the Green Lady, is said to be one of the lady's in waiting to Mary. This ghost is often associated with fire. Perhaps because one of Mary's lady's did save the Queen's life. When the Queen's bedclothes caught fire it was a lady-in-waiting who noticed the flames and woke Mary up just in time.

On a much more malevolent note the ghosts that haunt the Governor's House within the castle are reputed to be dark and unfriendly. Soldiers based at the castle have reported the sounds of footsteps, coming from an empty upstairs chamber, shadows and cold spots. In 1820 a young sentry was found dead in the room. There is still mystery surrounding his death as no cause was ever found. One description that was given out was that when the young soldier was discovered there was a frozen look of terror on his face.

The paranormal activity had become so intense that parts of the Governor's House was sealed off.

Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland and one of the world's most haunted cities.
Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland and one of the world's most haunted cities. | Source
Glasgow Royal Infirmary is only one of many haunted locations in the city of Glasgow.
Glasgow Royal Infirmary is only one of many haunted locations in the city of Glasgow. | Source

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People and Places

It's not only castles and mansions that have ghosts. In fact when we look at the evidence, there's a good case for believing that paranormal activity is just as frequent in ordinary locations as we shall see.

Jane of George Street, Edinburgh.

Apart from the sightings of this ghost now being rare it is also a very unusual spirit - the ghost sightings appeared before Jane had actually died.

The ghost is reported to be that of Jane vernelt who owned a prosperous business in George Street in the 19th century. For some reason Jane decided to sell her business but one week later appeared at her former shop in a hysterical state demanding to have her shop back. Naturally the new owner refused.

Jane's mental state did not improve and it is presumed that she was finally restrained in some form of mental care establishment. Shortly after this episode people began to report sightings of Jane's ghost - but the lady was still very much alive. It is speculated that due to her restraint and severe mental distress, this produced enough energy to project her image outwards.

However, shortly after being taken into care she died but the sightings of her ghost continued. Was this Jane's distressed spirit or simply residual energy?

Tay Bridge Disaster - 7.15pm 28th December 1879.

The old Tay Bridge from Fife to Dundee, had been battered by vicious storms for days, weakening the structure of the bridge. On the 28th December, 1879, officials quickly sent out word that no trains were to be allowed over the bridge until further notice.

Unfortunately the closure of the bridge came too late for one passenger train that had already began to move over the fragile, storm damaged structure. The failing bridge supports collapsed under the weight of the vehicle.The passengers and train plunged 88 feet down into the dark, freezing swells of the river.

Seventy nine people died. There were no survivors and 29 bodies remain missing to this day. It is not surprising then for people over the years to have claimed to see the ill-fated train re-enacting its moments of horror as it drops off the broken bridge into the River Tay. People also claim to have heard the terrified screams of the passengers and the screeching of brakes and metal as the ghostly train plunges into the River Tay below.

Mary King's Close Edinburgh

The gloomy and claustrophobic Mary King's close dates from the 17th century - a 'close' in Scotland is a very narrow alleyway or street, usually situated between two tall buildings.

In 1645 the plague struck Edinburgh and this indicated the end for this small street. It's reported that in order to try and contain the plague, the 'close' was sealed off by the council. The people, already infected by plague, were left to die.

One of the nicknames for the close is 'the street of sorrows'. When it was eventually rediscovered people were astonished to see this tiny street still intact, like a time capsule from the past. Needless to say Mary King's Close is one of the most haunted places in Edinburgh.

The most famous ghost is that of young child called Annie. Through first communications with the tiny spirit it was discovered that she had lost her doll and was still looking for it. This began a tradition of leaving gifts that continues today by visitors leaving toys for Annie to play with.

In addition to little Annie there are other ghosts that roam the murky street. One is a tall lady dressed in a long gown that is coloured black. She does not seem to interact with people but simply glides past astonished visitors. Another ghost is that of a small man who looks very troubled but again does not seem to know that visitors or workers are present. In addition to these ghosts there are numerous accounts of shadow figures, footsteps, poltergeist activity and strange smells.

One terrifying night a lawyer and his wife spent time alone in the close. The petrified couple later stated to friends that during the night the place had been alive with phantoms. These included the hovering head of a child, floating limbs and a monstrous dog-like figure curled up on a chair.

The site has been studied many times over the years by investigators from the UK and abroad. To date numerous paranormal activity has been caught on audio, video and camera. These include some impressive images of what may be a ghost.

Glasgow Royal Infirmary Hospital

The hospital dates from around 1792, standing next to Glasgow Cathedral. This wonderful old building has quite a few phantoms who are thought to walk its corridors. One ghost who haunts the surgical block is said to be that of a nun who was a nurse at the hospital. She is believed to have fallen to her death while trying to help a patient who was intent on committing suicide.

One of the strangest stories from the hospital involved that of a young doctor rushing to assist a patient who had suffered a cardiac arrest. As the doctor sped into the ward a man asked him for directions on how to leave the hospital. The doctor quickly pointed over his shoulder to the direction of the exit. When the doctor arrived at the patient who had arrested he was startled to see that it was the same man who had asked for directions to leave the hospital.

Mary King's Close is one of the most haunted places in Edinburgh.
Mary King's Close is one of the most haunted places in Edinburgh. | Source
Greyfriar's Churchyard Edinburgh - poltergeists and evil are said to stalk this area.
Greyfriar's Churchyard Edinburgh - poltergeists and evil are said to stalk this area. | Source


I hope you've enjoyed this small excursion into some of the haunted areas of Scotland. Obviously this is a very small selection from the thousands of stories that not only Scotland has, but so many other countries around the world.

Taking into account the many people who witness the same spiritual activity over different periods of time and under various circumstances, I for one, am convinced of the reality of ghosts and other phenomena. However, the best evidence anyone can ever have for the reality of these supernatural events is when they experience it for themselves. So take a trip to your nearest haunted location - you may be surprised, perhaps shocked at what you may see, feel, taste, sense or smell!


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    Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    Hi Bestie58, many thanks for stopping by and leaving such a great comment!

    What a fascinating story!! Before I respond to that - why the hell did the nurse leave you and your family to find your own way back? How very rude and cold!

    Anyway, it might have been your Dad indeed! It is said that on death, the spirit lingers by the body for quite a number of hours before fully passing on, so in your case it could well have been the spirit of your Dad guiding you. Also, have you thought about the possibility of reincarnation? You said that you responded to your brother 'I've been hear before' and you also seemed to know the way. If reincarnation is true, then perhaps in a previous life, you have been around this building? As you rightly say, very strange indeed!

    Many thanks again for your great story!

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    Bestie58 5 years ago

    Hi. I too have a strange story to tell. some years ago my dad died in the Royal Infirmary in Glasgow after a lengthy lung cancer illness. My family and I went to see him in the morgue later that night to say our sad goodbye to him. A nurse led us along a maze of corridors (some forked) to where our dad lay in wait for us. We paid our heartfelt respects and were left to find our way back. My brother and I were at the front and without thinking, I kept saying "this way" only as we were approaching the last of the corridors by brother in law asked me how I knew the immediate reply was "I have been here before" which was NOT true. I don't know if my dad guided me back or if I HAD been there before but to this day I have no real answer! Very strange indeed!

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    Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    Hello Christine, many thanks for visiting the hub and glad that you enjoyed it. I always love to hear from folks who have connections with Scotland and here's hoping one day we will see you here!

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    Christine Miranda 5 years ago from My office.

    Awesome Hub. My 4x & 3x gr grandparents lived in Glasgow from 1840 to 1886. I love reading hubs about Scotland. Voted up & bookmarked. Someday I will visit Scotland and will make sure to visit some of these places. Thank you for sharing.

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    Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    Hi KDuBarry03 - many thanks for stopping by and glad that you enjoyed the hub! It's always an honour when someone wants to bookmark a page - so thank you kindly!!

    I think that's the fascinating thing about the paranormal. No matter where you live there is always something of a paranormal nature not that far away!

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    KDuBarry03 6 years ago

    Wow, just wow! So much useful information here! I am definitely bookmarking this page. Thank you for all this information :) I had no idea there were so many areas with ghosts

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    Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    Hello Jude,

    Lovely to hear from you and many thanks for the visit. That is interesting about livng in Wales - a stunning country for scenery by the way - as the ghost legends and folklore are fabulous and worthy of quite a number of hubs, I'm looking at Wales at the moment and I'm spoilt for choice!

    The 'pun' made me laugh!!! And I'm glad that you enjoyed the read. Many thanks again.

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    juderadley 6 years ago from Tredegar, Gwent, UK

    What a fabulous hub, I adore Scotland, if I didn't live in Wales, I would want to live in Scotland. You have brought the history alive, pardon the pun :o) I love your writing and I am going to work my way through your pages. Thank you for sharing.

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    Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    Hi anusha15,

    many thanks for visiting my hub and for leaving such an interesting comment. I hope that one day many of these mysteries will be solved - but maybe not all? I think human beings always love to have something unsolved. But my guess is, that the more we learn about this wonderful universe and the supernatural then even more mysteries will arrive. It was lovely to hear from you.

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    Anusha Jain 6 years ago from Delhi, India

    Interesting ghostly tales of Scotland. World is so full of secrets, I wonder if we'll ever be able to solve all the mysteries which history and supernatural jointly create.

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    Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    Hi Alastar - I always knew you had something of the Celt about you!! What a fascinating mixture of cultures you have. No wonder you have such wonderful experiences and such exceptional talents! And I mean that seriously.

    That is very interesting about Celts and Native American People having higher paranoraml experiences. And I'm not surprised. I think maybe it's more to do with outlook and perception than anything else. Celts and Native Americans are very open to the possibility of other realities and these were built into their everyday beliefs - the Native American Peoples still do have these beliefs as part of their everyday life I think? When the mind is within a culture that is open and atuned to other worlds, then these worlds do become a reality.

    Perhaps the environment also plays a part. Certainly the UK does have a higher percentage of ghost sightings than many countries in mainland Europe who have a very sceptical outlook - and no Celts!! This could be dismissed then as Celtic people having more imagination, if it wasn't for the investigations and very credible accounts from the UK. I think in countries such as Holland etc. they are much more closed to the idea of other possibilities in life and so will of course have much less experiences with it.

    It is interesting as well how similar in culture the Celts were to Native Americans. Especially with regard to nature. Both peoples saw the spiritual in everything that nature produced and as such had respect and reverence for it. Both peoples also had totem animals and tried to aspire to the best traits in these animals. Both also had a full acceptance of the spiritual worlds that still continues to this day. Although unfortunately most people - at least where I live - do tend to hide it now for fear of ridicule. But when they are sitting around having a drink with folks that they trust, then the true Celt arises to the surface.

    It was, as usual, great to hear from you - and I really enjoy your comments, as I always learn something from them and that's not a bad thing at all. Many thanks for the vote up! S7

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    Alastar Packer 6 years ago from North Carolina

    These Scottish ghosts were thoroughly intriguing- as to the castles i only knew about Glamis & Sterling. This article is also special because my roots are largely Scotch-Irish. Concerning that, what do you think about this S7: Supposedly people with Celtic or Native American blood are more likely to experience the supernatural in all its many forms for some reason. I'm about 80% Scot-Irish, 17% German and maybe 3% Native American.Islands, churches and graveyards- all new. The little boy in the Apprentice Pillar sounds like something that really happened.Ah Rosslyn! That wicked Devil near the entrance. You'd think that the church would have given up all its secrets. Mary Kings Close and all the rest are just awesome to read about and ponder. Thanks Seeker for researching and writing these. Probably would have never known about quite a few of them other-wise. Vote up n awe!

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    Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    That's really interesting about Ireland. Both my Gran and Grandad on my Mum's side have Irish ancestry, their names being Murphy and Brogan respectively. Pinkerton is quite an unusual name it would be nice to know if they are near where I am in Fife (East Coast).

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    My Minds Eye53 6 years ago from Tennessee

    I don't know where in Scotland they are from. I will ask my sister, the Genealogist. I do know they migrated to Ireland before coming to the US. They were 4 brothers and they ended up in Pennsylvania. Their last name was Pinkerton.

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    Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    Hi My Minds Eye53,

    Many thanks for visiting the hub and glad that you enjoyed the read.

    I have to agree with you about haunting. I'll be so worn out with life - as well as being bored by it - when my time comes that I'll be only to glad to go elsewhere for a change of scenery if nothing else!! I can't think of anything more tedious than to finally pop your clogs and then get stuck here for god knows how long - that would be a bore!! LOL!!

    Many thanks for the nice comment and I hope you do get to Scotland one day. Have you any idea what part of Scotland your ancestors are from? I'm always interested to know the links between my country and others.

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    My Minds Eye53 6 years ago from Tennessee

    I have ancestry in Scotland and going there is on my bucket list. The Scots are such vibrant people it is no wonder they leave a bit behind. It is sad to think that a person dies and ends up roaming a certain area forever and a day. I have often kidded my family that I am going to come back and haunt them, but I think I would much rather move on.

    Great hub, I enjoy reading about ghosts and real mysteries.

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    Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    Hi KathyH,

    Many thanks for stopping by and glad that you found the hub interesting. It's interesting that you mention the South and the civil war from your own country. I think some of the best ghost accounts and other paranormal phenomena comes from this time. Maybe not surprising given the tremendous loss of life and sadness that must have ocurred. But it is one area of history that does intrigue me a lot. And it does have a lot of similarity with the English Civi War as there are many accounts of ghosts in the areas of the battles. So I guess where we have the horror and heartbreak of war it does give off a lot of paranormal activity.

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    KathyH 6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

    Great hub! VERY interesting and informative! I've never been to Scotland but now you have my curiousity up! I have always been fascinated by the ghost stories in the US, especially in the South with all of the civil war stories and the rich history there. Scotland sounds like a great place to check out! I love your pictures, too!

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    Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    Hi Dardia,

    There are a couple of natural phenomena that can make people feel that there is a 'presence' near and one is a high electromagnetic field. Having said this, I think there is something to be said for the theory that, rather than EMF just making you think there is a presence there, EMF might open you up psychically to perceive what is always there but normally we can't sense it. On the other hand the most common way for people to sense the paranormal/presence of a spirit is through a sense of 'presence'. I think this comes from our protective instincts that make us aware that something else is in our space. This feeling can be so strong that folks have actually turned round to speak, thinking it was a member of the family etc., only to find of course that no one was there. After this sense of presence (or as some report the 'being watched' feeling), other phenomena can occur.

    The 'fleeting' images are a classical phenomena known as 'corner of the eye phenomena' - this is particularly true of apparitions classed as 'shadows'. Obviously it could be your imagination but often it is a sign of spirit presence.

    As to your cousin - this can be difficult when it's someone you know well. I would want to believe him/her as well, being family. But on the other hand when the stories start to build up to an unrealistic pitch I would suggest that perhaps it is wishfull thinking rather than paranormal. I don't mean to be rude at all - it is just that with some folks when they may have had one paranormal experience then every normal, everday occurrence suddenly becomes paranormal for them. I had one friend who probably did have a ghost at a hostel she stayed in. They had a small kitchen fire due to a chip pan, but because the place had a reputation for being haunted my friend and a few others convinced themselves that the 'ghost' had done it to scare them all. It was absolute rubbish of course, it was a naturally occuring accident, but it just shows how people's beliefs can get a little out of hand especially if they are frightened or just too eager to see phenomena.

    Many thanks for another interesting comment. I love to hear other people's views and stories. Really appreciate the input.

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    Darlene Yager 6 years ago from Michigan

    Hello Seeker7,

    It is true not everyone sees ghosts. I have never seen on.e or at least was not certain it was a ghost. I have feelings at times that there is someone near when there is no one I can see. There were a couple of occasions when I thought I saw something but it was so fleeting I marked it up to imagination. I have a cousin who has had many encounters however, or so he says, anyway. Not that I don't believe him but I am not sure I do either as his stories keep coming and started to sound a little odd.

    Thanks again for sharing, I enjoyed reading and loved the pictures.

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    Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    Hello Dardia,

    Many thanks for stopping by and for leaving such an interesting comment. You have made a very valid point about why some places may be haunted and others are not. It probably has a lot to with the environment in the first instance - particularly in replay ghost events that are coverd in the 'stone tape theory'. But it is also interesting to note that not all people see ghosts -in fact he majority don't. Why this is, remains open to debate but it also opens up the suggestion 'is every where haunted we just don't see them'? I don't think any explantion is actually as simple as this. I think with the paranormal many factors come into play before an event takes place.

    Many thanks again for stopping by. I really enjoyed reading your comment.

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    Darlene Yager 6 years ago from Michigan

    Very interesting hub! It is strange how some places become haunted and some don't. Or at least there are reports at some and not others where there has been some sort of tragedy.

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    Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    Hi jacqui,

    Lovely to hear from you and many thanks for the great comment.

    Creepy or what! I have never been to Inverary Jail but have heard so much about it. There is suppose to be some kind of evil spirit there - not a prisoner but a jailor I've heard. Maybe that's some of what you were picking up on, as well as all the negative vibes that must hang around the place?

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    jacqui2011 6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

    Wow. What a fascinating,well written hub. I got goosebumps reading this article. I went to Inverary and visited the old jail there. From the moment I walked in I felt chilled and had a horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach. This is such an interesting subject and you captured it so well. Voted up and awesome.

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    Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    Hi Pam,

    What a fascinating story. Do you know, I have often found St. Andrews as a town very atmospheric. Now I've been to other historical locations like Stirling, Edinburgh and so on and they do have 'vibes'. But St. Andrews does seem to be very strong. Maybe as a Fifer I'm biased of course, but I don't honestly think so.

    I suppose for some folks the feelings of 'deep thought and sadness' might be strange for a Christian building. But the history of the catherdal was at times, far from Christian. There are many sad stories relating to the cathedaral and I suspect many sad souls still roaming there.

    Many thanks again for your fascinating comment and taking the time to stop by.

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    Pam 6 years ago

    I was in Scotland 3 wks ago and went to St. Andrews Cathedral. While walking around, I experienced feelings of deep though unexplained sadness. I took many photos (it was late morning and sunny). While looking at them on my computer after returning home, I found something quite fascinating. I took one photo of a small staircase that led up to a gated doorway. In the doorway, both in front of and behind the gate are many orbs. These are not spots on the camera lens as both the picture before and the picture after this one are perfectly clear with no spots. The only other photo I have ever taken with an orb was at the haunted lighthouse in St. Augustine.

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    Helen Murphy Howell 7 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    Hi Auntie D,

    Thank you for leaving such a wonderful comment - it is really appreciated and glad that you enjoyed the hub.

    I've watched quite a number of tv docs., on ghosts in America and find them really fascinating. I think also that many of the American ghost experiences are very frightening with quite a bit of activity going on in addition to apparitions. Like the UK there does seem to be hot spots and as far as I can tell, California is certainly one of them. What a beatiful part of the world you live in! I'd love to visit there one day.

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    Auntie D 7 years ago from California

    Wonderful article! I have never seen a ghost but have experienced more than a few strange happenings that couldn't be explained. Castles are fascinating and you've done an excellent write up the happenings in each one. We do have a few ghosts stories here in California but none to compare to your castle stories in Scotland.

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    Helen Murphy Howell 7 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    Hi J.B.

    Welcome back again to the SG Hub and many thanks, as usual, for your great comment. Do you know that is really interesting what you say about MacKenzie's tomb. I have visited the place - many years ago now - and for me it was a whole section of the cemetery that gave me the creeps, not the actual tomb? And Mary King's Close - fascinating place and most definitely haunted.

    I have read your hub and finally managed to post a comment - see hub for reason why LOL!!!

    Em...actually take your pick from Fife - we have loads of castles, but none interestingly, as far as I know, area actually called 'Fife' castle. Some of the very interesting Fife castles are - St. Andrews, Balgonie, Kelly, Loch Leven, Lochore, Fernie, Aberdour and Kilconquhar (pronounced Kinnuchar). There are more but I can't think of them off the top of my head.

    A quick history of Fyvie - one of my favourite places on the planet! Dates back to the 13th century and is located in the north of Scotland, just north of Aberdeen. The word 'Fyvie' means 'deer hill' in Scots Gaelic. It has five towers all named after a family from down the centuries. It has loads of ghosts, curses and legends. One of the most famous ghosts is Dame Lilias Drummond who is reported to have been starved to death by her husband in 1601 so that he could marry a younger woman. On the night her husband wed his young bride, the ghost of Dame Drummond is supposed to have appeared and carved her name on the stone-work on the outside window ledge of the master bedroom - you can still see the name 'Lilias Drummond' carved there today. There is also a drummer boy and a ghostly trumpet that are both heard when a member of the family is about to die. Hope this all helps with your querie.

    Many thanks again J.B. for stopping by, hope to speak to you again soon.

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    Mrs. J. B. 7 years ago from Southern California

    I had to read this hub again. I just love it! Mackenzie's Tomb itself haunted NO.. It is someone else outside the tomb.Mary's King's Close... YES haunted.. Little Boys, Many little Girls, Numerous Adults and many Many Pets because by shutting it during the plague they also killed healthy people too. The Doctor that is true.. The nun trying to save a suicide patient.. Not true... Now did you read my hub on Scotland? Okay tell me more about Fyvie Castle... What famous castle is in Fife is it called Fife Castle?

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    Helen Murphy Howell 7 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    Hi blueorpurple,

    Many thanks for stopping by and for leaving such a nice comment. Really glad you enjoyed the hub!

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    blueorpurple 7 years ago

    what can i say? just one word. fantastic

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    Helen Murphy Howell 7 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    Hi J.B. - I would love to go on one of those ghost hunting weekends, especially if it's in a castle with plenty of spooks! It doesn't actually scare me - I can say that in broad daylight with the sun shinning - but I would find it fascinating as well.

    Also, it is a bit odd, but when I was reading up for this Hub I did have a few odd dreams about the past and people from the past and old housese, and so on - imagination probably. But I could have sworn that on four different occasions, while I was in bed, I heard some really odd knocking on the wall right beside my head and the room felt very heavy. The wall is an outside one and it was about 2am in the morning with no one around. It was a bit weird, because as soon as I had finished the hub, the weird stuff all stopped within a day or two. So can't quite figure out what all that was about, but it was a bit spooky.

    But really glad that you enjoyed the read.

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    Mrs. J. B. 7 years ago from Southern California

    Oh how exciting! I love love love these kind of stories and always have. I want to spend a week in a castel with so much history etc... I would be in heaven!!! Great great hub...

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    Helen Murphy Howell 7 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    Hi Cheerfulnuts - really nice to hear from you and for writing such a lovely comment. It really is appreciated. Many thanks for stopping by.

    Hi chamilj, many thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to leave a comment. Much appreciated.

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    chamilj 7 years ago from Sri Lanka

    Interesting ghost story. Thanks sharing it with us.

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    cheerfulnuts 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    If I were a teacher and you were my student, I'd definitely give you an A+ for this. This is really a GREAT hub. I have read this from beginning to end. Fascinating! Thanks for sharing, I've learned a lot!

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    AngelaKaelin 7 years ago from New York

    Maybe we could get out our Ouija boards and find out the truth! :-)

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    Helen Murphy Howell 7 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    Hi Angela, great to hear from you again and glad that you like the hub. I do think the paranormal is fascinating and just when you think there might be no more ghost stories left another lot pop up from somewhere.

    As to MacBeth. I think Shakespeare was a cracking playright, no doubt about it. But as an historian he's kind of crappy! In reality MacBeth and Queen Gruoch were excellent monarchs and very well liked. So, I can't make up my mind about the curse that is suppose to surround MacBeth, (or as actors refer to it - "The Scottish Play"), if it is due to a real witches' curse being used during the play and so the witches area bit p--- off. Or if its poor MacBeth himself lying uneasy because of the utter rot that was written about him in the play. LOL It would be great one day to find out. Many thanks again for stopping by.

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    AngelaKaelin 7 years ago from New York

    Excellent hub! The best Scottish ghost story I know is Shakespeare's MacBeth!

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    Helen Murphy Howell 7 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    Hi again Minnetonka Twin - great to be chatting with you again. The wee girl one is very sad and I think that is why so many visitors to the place leave toys for her and for any other wee spirits who might be around - I believe that the visitors from the USA are particulary generous when they hear the story. Scotland as well as the rest of the UK does tend to have a very high rate of paranormal activity. Some suggest it is due to the history or the environment or whatever - I don't know. All I know is, is that it's great fun to know that I'm never far away from a spooky location. many thanks again for stopping by.

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    You had me totally captivated Seeker. I love haunted stories like this. I thought the one about the little girl looking for her doll was was really sad but intriguing. So many ghosties in Scotland, I didn't know that before. Great writing:)

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    Helen Murphy Howell 7 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    Hi Tammy Lochmann,

    Many thanks for stopping by and for the lovely comment.

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    Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

    great work. Can't wait to read more.

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    Helen Murphy Howell 7 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    Hi mechishier,

    Oh! Thank you so much for such a lovely comment - you've actually made me blush! And that's not easy. Many thanks.

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    mecheshier 7 years ago

    Wow. I am speechless. What a wonderful article. You definitely did your homework.Thank you for the fabulous Hub.

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    Helen Murphy Howell 7 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    HI thiruselvmak

    I think your question is an interesting one.

    Firstly the tourist industry - I think - is doing not too badly considering the recession and so on. But like everywhere is struggling in some respects I believe.

    Secondly. Personally I do believe that they exist. But there are different forms of ghost. You have residual - these are just like a playback of events created by recording of energy into a natural substance such as stone. These ghosts can't interact and can't think etc. The other type of ghost - a spirit - is different. These are the ones that can and do interact because they are the actual energy essence of a person.

    I feel over time the amount of sightings and by very credible witnesses does give credence to the existince of an afterlife. Having said this I do think most paranormal activity can be explained by unusual, but otherwise natural explanations + human psychology. Genuine paranormal activity is rare.

    Imaginations and hallucination are banded about constantly by people who want to give a sceptic explanation for all ghost and spirit encounters. Being a nurse for nearly 25 years I have yet to witness a patient with either imagination or hallucinations that either act or interact with the capacity of many spirit encounters. For me the imagination/hallucination tag is, in many cases, wrong and insulting to witnesses.

    My own personal experiences - which don't unfortunately involve full body manifestations, these are actually very rare - were with both my dead Gran and my Mum who also passed away a few years ago. I won't go into their words, they are personal to me, but they did give me hope and also information that did prove to be true.

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    K Thiruselvam 7 years ago from MALAYSIA

    You do have well written blogs with good pictures. How is the tourist industry progressing in Scotland, if there are to be so many ghosts. I a not sure if there are ghosts at all...... or are these imaginations, hallucinations and such. Have you seen any? What did he or she tell you?

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    Helen Murphy Howell 7 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals,

    Thanks for stopping by and the comment, much appreciated. I agree with you that there does seem to be so many souls lost and going through the same torment or worse than what they did while in the physical.

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    Susan Hazelton 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    What a wonderful hub. Informative and filled with research. You held my interest from the first word. You chose some beautiful casteles to portray. How sad it is that there are so many ghosts that are unknown doomed to walk the earth for eternity. Great job.

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    Helen Murphy Howell 7 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    Hi CMHypno,

    Thanks for stopping by and the comment.

    I went on the Edinburgh one a couple of years back and it was great. Especially the castle. It was dark and windy with a full mooon - couldn't have been more atmospheric or spooky! Great stuff!

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    CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

    Interesting hub on Scottish ghosts Seeker7, Scotland certainly has a haunted history! I would really like to go on one of the ghost walks in Edinburgh - very spooky!

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    Helen Murphy Howell 7 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    Hi MCAT4,

    Thanks for taking the time to stop by and leave such a nice comment. I love the history as well - blood, guts and the spooks! I think the problem can be choosing what ones to write about and who to leave out. Many thanks again.

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    MCAT4 7 years ago from New Zealand

    Wow... this was very informative and how interesting... thank you for sharing, I love castles and stories of the supernatural from abroad. Scottish blood runs through my veins although you wouldn't know it at first glance so I have always had my eye on this part of the world especially for it's history, grandeur and remarkable sights as you have shown in pictures. I have yet to venture to this part of the world to see for my own eyes!


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